Profile of Niagara Falls

Community Profile of Niagara Falls
  Niagara Falls Niagara region Ontario
Population
Population density per square kilometre 392.1 230.5 13.4
Population of 2001 78,815 410,574 11,410,046
Population of 2006 82,184 427,421 12,160,282
Population change 4.3% 4.1% 6.6%
Lone female parent 25.5% 21.9% 20.0%
Lone male parent 6.4% 5.4% 4.5%
Population who immigrated to Canada in the last five years 12.4% 10.4% 17.1%
Aboriginal identity 1.7% 1.6% 2.0%
Visible minority status 7.8% 6.3% 22.8%
Housing
Total private dwellings 33,871 179,903 4,972,869
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents 32,482 169,425 4,554,251
Education
People ages 25-64 who have not completed high school 15.0% 14.0% 13.6%
Knowledge of neither English nor French 1.1% 0.6% 2.2%
Land
Land area (square km) 209.6 1,854.2 907,573.8

Source: Statistics Canada, Census 2006.

Population Density

Niagara Falls has a relatively larger urban area compared to the rest of Niagara. There are approximately 392.1 people in one square kilometre compared to 230.5 in Niagara and 13.4 in Ontario.

Population Change

Between 2001 and 2006, the population of Niagara Falls grew by 4.3%. This means that the population in Niagara Falls grew similar to the population of Niagara (4.1%), yet less than of the population of Ontario (6.6%).

Population who did not Graduate from High School

As of 2006, 15.0% of the population of Niagara Falls between the ages of 25 and 64 had not completed their high school education; compared to 14.0% in Niagara and 13.6% in Ontario.

Lone Parent Families

Niagara Falls has a higher percentage of single mothers (25.5%) among the families with children at home, compared to Niagara (21.9%) and Ontario (20.0%). As for families with single fathers, Niagara Falls also has a higher percentage (6.4%) than Niagara (5.4%) and Ontario (4.5%).

Language, Immigration and Aboriginals

Almost all of Niagara Falls residents are able to speak either English or French. Only a very small proportion, only 1.1%, cannot. This pattern is also seen in Niagara, but in Ontario, the proportion is slightly higher at 2.2%.

In Niagara Falls, 7.8% of people are a visible minority, which is slightly higher than the visible minority population of Niagara at 6.3%, but is much lower than Ontario (22.8%). In terms of immigration, Niagara Falls has a higher percentage of people who immigrated in the last five years (12.4%) than Niagara (10.4%), but again, this percentage is much lower than Ontario (17.1%).

In 2006, there was a relatively similar percentage of Aboriginals (1.7%) living in Niagara Falls compared to Niagara (1.6%) and Ontario (2.0%) However, only Aboriginals who live off reserve were surveyed by the census.

Income Profile of Niagara Falls
  Niagara Falls Niagara region Ontario
Low income before tax 13.6% 12.0% 14.7%
Low income after tax 9.6% 8.4% 11.1%
Low income families with children or youth less than 18 years old (before tax) 17.8% 15.0% 18.0%
Low income families with children or youth less than 18 years old (after tax) 12.6% 10.5% 13.7%

Source: Statistics Canada, Census 2006.

Population with low Income

Niagara Falls has a higher percentage of people considered as living in low income (before tax) (13.6%) than Niagara (12.0%) and lower than Ontario (14.7%). The same goes for the 'after tax low income' percentages. After taxes, the percentage of people living within the low income bracket is as follows: 9.6% for Niagara Falls, 8.4% for Niagara, and 11.1% for Ontario.

Low Income Families

In Niagara Falls, 17.8% of families who are considered low income (before tax) have a child/youth under the age of 18 living with them. After tax this decreases to 12.6%, which is slightly higher than in Niagara (10.5%) but lower than Ontario (13.7%).


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